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Bronxville Residents Concerned about Tax Reform; Cannot Prepay 2018-19 Village Taxes PDF Print Email

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By Carol P. Bartold, Senior Reporter

Dec. 13, 2017: In anticipation of provisions of the tax reform bill that passed the United States House of Representatives in November and the Senate in December, many village property owners have expressed a desire to prepay their 2018-2019 property taxes.

At the Bronxville Board of Trustees meeting on December 11, Village Administrator Jim Palmer stated that, while the village is accepting payment for the second half of the 2017-2018 village tax, it is not able to accept 2018-2019 prepayments. “There seems to be a lot of confusion because there are many different taxing entities within Westchester County,” he noted. “Towns, cities, villages all have different cycles.”

Palmer explained that Bronxville operates as a village whose fiscal year begins June 1 and runs through May 31. Within that cycle, the warrant, or authorization issued to the tax receiver to collect tax payments, is traditionally issued in conjunction with the issuance of a tax roll, which identifies property owners, their addresses, and taxes due. That warrant issuance falls on or about May 31 for the next fiscal year. The village mails tax bills on June 1, the first day of the fiscal year.

“We don’t know what our tax levy is going to be until we finish our budget,” said trustee Guy Longobardo. He added that the tax bills are issued only when the budget is approved. “So until we issue a tax bill, there is no amount due. Therefore, there is nothing to prepay at this point.”

Mayor Mary Marvin pointed out that New York State laws are quite specific in stipulating how villages must operate. “All New York State villages operate the same way. We are not doing anything different,” she stated.

Palmer pointed out that a slightly more complicating factor of Bronxville’s tax bill is the inclusion of the school tax levy. “We need the school levy since it appears on the tax bill,” he said. The Bronxville Free Union School District typically adopts its budget in March, but village residents don't vote to approve the school budget until mid-May.

The village will be accepting payment for the second half of the 2017-2018 village tax through January 2, 2018. Village offices will be open every day except Christmas Day through the end of the year.

Pictured here (L to R):  Mayor Mary Marvin, Deputy Mayor Robert Underhill, trustee Guy Longobardo, and Village Administrator James Palmer.

Photo by Carol P. Bartold

 

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#6 Prepayment of Taxes DATE_FORMAT_LC1
finnebobbel,
You seem to be implying that Bronxville is dropping the ball on the prepayment of tax issues. That is not the case.
In fact, the second half of 2017-2018 school and village taxes are due on January 2, 2018 but can be prepaid before the end of 2017. The Village has noted this in email alerts and at its recent Board meeting. However, as is the case with Scarsdale, the Bronxville School and Village Budgets for 2018-2019 are not completed until May and the amounts are unknown, no tax warrant can be issued to collect those taxes until the budgets are finalized and thus they cannot be prepaid.
With reference to County taxes, those are collected along with Eastchester and Fire District taxes by the town of Eastchester, not by Bronxville. (Why we pay Eastchester taxes at all given the lack of services received is another matter.)
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#5 finnebobbel DATE_FORMAT_LC1
Scarsdale:

"In anticipation that the County warrant will be issued and received by the
Custodian of Taxes before December 31, 2017, the staff is preparing estimates of
the 2018 County tax eligible for pre-payment. Should the County issue their tax
warrant within sufficient time to do so, staff is committed to finalizing and mailing
tax notification letters to homeowners to pre-pay their County taxes. The same
information will be publicized through the Village’s website and local media.
Please note that this letter will include the estimated tax owed. As the Village is
precluded by law from accepting partial payment, the final tax bill may require a
refund of excess proceeds."

I assume Bronxville's working towards the same timelines?
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#4 finnebobbel DATE_FORMAT_LC1
https://www.egovlink.com/public_documents300/rye/unpublished_documents/FRONT%20AND%20CENTER/prepay_tax/prepayment%20of%20taxes%2012-15-17.pdf

And taxpayers in Rye can prepay too? What's going on in good old Bronxville???
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#3 finnebobbel DATE_FORMAT_LC1
https://patch.com/new-york/newrochelle/2018-tax-prepayment-information-now-available-new-rochelle

So people 'next door' in New Rochelle can prepay while Bronxville residents can't? Weird, isn't it?
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#2 Peter Wabbit DATE_FORMAT_LC1
The best part of this particular meeting was at the end after "Brer Abbott" spoke. Peter North was caught on an open mic/video speaking to Tom who was going to edit the meeting.

Sadly, he was alerted too late despite Chief Satriale's mad dash down the hall to warn him. Jim Palmer was obviously not pleased.

This crowd is the comedic gift that just keeps on giving. Perhaps a Showtime series is in order? Think about the added revenue it could bring as the village's tax base begins to crater.
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#1 Thank you GOP DATE_FORMAT_LC1
This will hit home values causing the assessment to fall and the tax bill to go down while at the same time homeowners pay more tax dollars to the federal government. This will take dollars away from local and shift them to federal coffers. Rstimated are for a 10 to 20% drop in home prices in the region. Get ready Village Hall and Bronxville School for some serious belt tightening once this bill passes.
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